I've been reading a lot on Waldorf over the past several months, trying to learn everything I can before enrolling my DD at our local private Waldorf school next year. I've seen some references and discussions on these boards to blogs blasting Waldorf schools, and I've checked out some of those blogs myself. They are difficult to ignore. However, the vast majority of what I see in my research is positive, reinforcing my thinking that most Waldorf schools are truly what they say they are -- open-minded, accepting, nurturing, interested in educating the whole child, and so on. These are the qualities that draw me to Waldorf education.
Today I set out to find other Waldorf-dedicated boards to look at in addition to this board (which I love, BTW). In doing so, I landed on the blog below. It horrified me and had me questioning everything.
How does one with no first-hand experience simply dismiss these accounts? It does not seem to be limited to a few disgruntled-types. Rather, it seems there are scores of former Waldorf families with cautionary (and worse) tales.
BTW, I am less concerned with the "religious/spiritual" aspect of the schools (I'm aware of the lawsuits against some of the Waldorf-inspired public schools and I'm not particularly troubled). I'm much more concerned with the allegedly negative treatment of children and families for not conforming, the seeming lack of any real channel to seek redress, and the accounts of children not getting taught the basics.
Thanks for your help.